Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bangladesh: Women entrepreneurs seek to strengthen local agribusiness

Women entrepreneurs from southwest Bangladesh discussed agribusiness and markets with successful business owners as a critical pathway to women’s economic empowerment during a two-day workshop organized by IRRI and UN Women.

The workshop was held to assist women entrepreneurs who own small- to medium-scale agroenterprises grow their businesses by linking them with established women-led ventures.

Forty-eight new and veteran entrepreneurs from Bagerhat, Barguna, Jessore Khulna, Sathkhira, and Patuakhali participated in discussions and exchange of ideas on running agriculture-based businesses, linking these with national-level agribusiness and retail trade, and identifying constraints to these and solutions.

The workshop is especially significant as it provides knowledge that may help safeguard small businesses in southwest Bangladesh, a region prone to climatic disasters.

Represented among the participants were business associations such as the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) and the Women Entrepreneurship Association banks (Bangladesh Bank and Krishi Bank).

The workshop, held at the CSS Ava Center in Khulna, was conducted under the USAID-funded Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia project in Bangladesh (CSISA-BD).

For more information, please contact Bushra Rahman, manager for communication and documentation of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia in Bangladesh (CSISA-BD) at b.rahman@irri.org. 

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